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  1. My doctor is an old high school buddy. The first time he did the digital prostate exam, I hit him with “Oh Doc, I’ve been dreaming about this since high school.” He became a little straight laced after medical school, as opposed to our partying ways as high schoolers, and he wasn’t sure whether I was serious or not. I still laugh at him about it. But I’m kind of in the middle of taking it seriously versus avoiding medical “professionals” like the plague. I worked in hospitals early in my career and it’s safe to say, they’re not safe places to be. If you have to go in a hospital, make sure you have someone reliable to advocate for you, and get out and go home as soon as possible. Recent medical literature says 250,000 deaths in the US are caused every year by medical mistakes.
  2. Yeah, we have a crazy tough schedule. We have Browns, Ravens, Bills - all in the first 4 weeks of the season. The Chiefs have 5 new starters on the O Line - 3 of them are rookies. Kyle Long wasn't in the starting 5 yet anyway, so hard to feel a loss for what we haven't even had on the field yet. If the O line comes together AND stays healthy, Mahomes is already talking about undefeated (gotta love the guy talking like this!). But while the O line got all the news, the big question is will the Chiefs finally field a competent defense? The biggest problem all last season was the Defense couldn't get off the field. Gave up too many, time eating drives. Worst in the league in red zone defense. When you have the most explosive offensive in the league, giving them opportunities to have the ball is probably the most important thing for them this season. My prediction: 14-2, chiefs clinch AFC #1 seed and the bye. Rest everybody in game 17. Chad Henne quarterbacks the B team to a close loss - we finish at 14-3. We roll through the playoffs and into the Super Bowl for 3rd year in a row. If healthy, we dominate. If not, we just hope Patrick Mahomes lives through the game. P.S. Screw the Raiders!
  3. The first one I think of is always the R&J Cazadores. Totally different profile for me than the exhibition 4 or all the different Churchill varieties that I love so much.
  4. I have a bunch of Xikar double guillotines - but one of my sons got me this for Xmas a year or two ago. Except for small format cigars, I have become a devoted lover of the V cut for my cigars. One of these days I'll actually look inside of the thing and realize all the caps I cut don't just magically disappear.
  5. I've been in the health insurance administration business all my life - a family business with my 2 brothers. Actually have 2 of my sons in the business also. Eyeing retirement in about 2 years though. I built my own humidor cabinet that has about 33 cubic feet of space in it, powered by humidifiers I bought from Aristocrat. Probably holds about 2,000 cigars in it currently - 95% of it cubans. Yes, my name is CigarAsh and I have a cigar problem . . . .
  6. I’ve gone to a PL Montecarlo a lot in that situation. Always a good closer after other bigger cigars.
  7. That’s going to look great in your living room. What are you waiting for?
  8. I’ve bought 3 over past two years. One stays at home. One goes in my travel kit for when on the road. The other was a gift because it’s so effective when used as directed Salvaged quite a few tight cigars extremely well. The poker style skewers don’t do anything worthwhile since they don’t remove enough leaf from the cigar. of course there are exceptions, because occasionally there’s a cigar so poorly made it just needs to be trashed.
  9. I’m a big EP fan. I still have two boxes of his inaugural special edition. 2008 I think. The second one Ernesto signed for me at a local event when I bought them. His earlier smokes were much more flavorful and complex. Best non Cubans I’ve smoked probably.
  10. doesn’t matter what any of your teams do. My Chiefs just added the best running back in the draft. A perfect fit for an already prolific offense. Even if our defense sucks next year we’ll still be putting up 35+ points a game and watch teams playing catch up. after waiting for 50 years between Super Bowls, and yes I watched all 50 seasons, the Chiefs have a chance for a real dynasty. The key is to keep Pat Mahomes healthy. I want the next 4 rounds to all be big, mean offensive lineman.
  11. A terrible loss for Western history and religious art. That structure goes back 800 years. The religious history and artifacts are irreplaceable including what Catholics believe to be the crown of thorns from the crucifixion. I’m glad that @Nekhyludov came clean and admitted his cigar was the culprit. Ken and I will light a candle for you Joe.
  12. Forgot to post this last summer. Was at a golf tournament in Connecticut last summer. The outdoor buffet luncheon was fully equipped with Shooaways over all the dishes. No one understood me when I told them how cool that was. Maybe it was just me!
  13. Fuzz, You point this out like I actually have a say in any of this! I don’t really care about wood vs carpet. It’s the wife’s call and if she’s happy then I’m freakin ecstatic!
  14. This is a timely thread. I'm almost 60 and mulling retirement someday in the near future. Wife and I decided we like our home, our neighborhood and city. So instead of retiring someplace warm (we'll travel to warm places a lot instead), we'll put money into the house. So far: 1) New 700 sq ft deck and deck furniture. Done in October 2) Starting Monday, the driveway guy comes to relay our brick paver driveway, and hopefully do it correctly this time! Also redoing the back brick paver patio below the deck. 3) Then the master bathroom demo and remodel starts. 4) then the kitchen counters, backsplash and appliances 5) then the entryway tile ripped up and new relaid. 6) Wife originally wanted hardwoods through main floor (currently only in our kitchen and dining room) - but opted to just recarpet. I'm so lucky. THEN, if we like all that, we move to things upstairs that need to be done. My wife is a true OCD clean freak. I'm thinking the next 2 months of my life are going to be a nightmare when the house looks like a war zone. Pray for me brothers.
  15. I cut my cedar to approx 5 - 6" widths and then cut about a 3/8" half lap on each side (except front most piece). Then I just set them in loosely in the cabinet. They're held by cleats with a rabbet on inside edge at top & bottom so the cedar "panels" are basically in there loose with no hard fastener trying to hold them in place. You can kind of see this in the picture by looking at top and bottom of the doors. Done this on two cabinets with no issues. Basically once the cedar seasons and gets used to your humidity setting, and it remains constant, you won't get any movement out of them anyway. I think the cedar gives a little bit of humidity buffer plus that wonderful cedar smell when you open the doors.
  16. Having built my own and having talked to Bob a little about it (bought humidification system from him) - he uses mostly plywoods with nice veneers on them for the large panel pieces in his humidors. Too much movement in solid wood, especially across large pieces and even more particularly when you're talking about actively humidifying the interior of the cabinet. I basically did solid wood frames with veneered plywood panels for my humidor. With veneers you can really get some incredible woods (I did Cuban Mahogany for most of my panels). I then lined the interior of my humidor with 1/4" Spanish Cedar that I resawed from thicker boards. That's probably overkill, but I liked how it came out and love the cedar smell in a humidor.
  17. This is the only Serenity movie that counts for me:
  18. While I'm crushed my Sporting KC wasn't in the finals after folding against Portland at home a week ago - it's really cool to see this level of attendance and enthusiasm around soccer in the US. I grew up playing soccer in high school and college (played for fun until I was 50) and remember the old North American Soccer League days (with Pele) trying to popularize the game in the US. Every time I see a burst of enthusiasm about soccer here I think, "soccer has finally arrived in the US". Maybe this is finally the generation where it will take off in popularity and attendance. My two 20+ year old sons are both really into professional soccer. With European and MLS games on TV almost all year long - the visibility is as high as ever. I just hope the US national team can get their act together and start producing some results.
  19. I had bilateral total knee almost exactly 2 years ago. Yes, I did both at the same time. So glad I did because I just got it over with. My knees were a mess from a lifetime of soccer injuries. Had 3 different knee surgeries in my younger days to clean out torn cartilage. Had a blown ACL that I never had repaired - just rehabbed and strengthened and went about life. I continued to play soccer until about 50, continued playing racquetball and snow skiing. Never let it slow me down. But mid 50s, the wear and tear finally took its toll and I got to the point where I couldn't walk up and down the hills necessary to even enjoy a round of golf. My friends told me it was painful just watching me try and get around. So I went all in and got both replaced at same time. The change it's made in giving me back my quality of life and mobility has been worth the couple months of pain and rehab torture I went through. The nerve block is an excellent idea. They did it for me and gave me about 36 hours worth of no pain before it wore off. The first night after it wore off was pretty miserable until they got my pain meds dialed in properly (dosage and frequency). Careful with the pain management afterwards. The heavy opioids are effective but a little addictive. And they'll give you crazy constipation - take a lot of laxatives. If you can - go into the surgery in the best shape you can manage, it will help you in the rehab stage. I spent 3 days in the hospital, was discharged home and had a home health rehab specialist come into the house every day for 2 weeks. I told her I'd do everything she told me to do and more - I wasn't going to half ass the rehab and ruin the surgery outcome. 8 days after the surgery, a friend picked me up and took me to my favorite cigar place for an afternoon just to get me out of the house. I walked in and out with no assistance. It was slow and kinda goofy looking, but I wasn't going in there with a walker! After about 10 days, I was able to get up and down the stairs in my house (about 15 steps up to the man cave). Once I hit that milestone, the rehab push intensified and my strength and stamina really started coming back. I went back to work at 3 weeks for half days or so - as much as I had strength for. I was driving myself to work and to rehab - short drives so no long periods of inactivity. About 10 weeks after the surgery, I was on the golf course (driving range only - it was a nice February day) and hitting golf balls. Took it easy just because I didn't know what to expect but didn't have any pain from it. At 12 weeks I considered myself pretty much over the worst of it and was really happy with the outcome. 2 years out now and I'm doing all the things I love - but have traded in racquetball for pickleball (a little slower paced). Good luck with your surgery - work hard and come back strong! P.S. I've got a a gruesome picture of my knees when they took off the bandages before all the staples came out. If you want an idea of what it'll look like, I'll send to you. Don't think the rest of the board really wants to see that!
  20. Ok. We're all just assuming, but you're just "asking for a friend", right? ?
  21. Breckinridge bourbon's need to be on that list. Their regular Bourbon has always been good, But, Their relatively new Port Barrel Aged bourbon is amazing.

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